This is my 4th post in a series on mistakes made and lessons learned for successful presenting. Today I want to focus on key points, or more specifically how to emphasize key points during your talk. By emphasize I mean perhaps you want to explain some key numbers or demonstrate how a network diagram works. A common method I see used is a laser pointer, those shiny red or green dots people point at the slide. I hate these with a passion.
- Those laser dots are damn hard to see. The laser dot is always so small and people's hands (especially mine) tend to shake making it hard to focus on the dot.
- As a presenter you have to turn around and face the screen when using a laser. This means your back is to the audience and you are talking to the wall, not the attendees. This is bad.
- To me the laser dot seems so impersonal. "Hi, I'm the presenter, I'm too damn lazy to walk over to the screen and point out these key areas, so I'll just stand right here and wave my little magic wand while you squint at the slides".